Youth Curriculum & Video

USDA Rural Development logoUnderstanding Cooperatives Curriculum – USDA

An updated version of the USDA’s Understanding Cooperatives curriculum is available.  The updated version contains an instructor’s guide with 7 lesson plan units, all teacher and student references, PowerPoint presentations, and testing materials.  In addition, we also added a lesson plan unit on Nebraska cooperatives–titled Cooperatives in Nebraska–which contains the lesson plan, PowerPoint presentation, student games, and testing materials.  Click the boxes below to access the units.

Understanding Cooperatives Instructor's Guide
Cooperatives in Nebraska

For additional information about cooperatives, click here to access USDA educational publications on cooperatives.


Nebraska Cooperatives Video

This newly produced video provides information on the cooperative business model and the value that cooperatives bring to Nebraska’s farmers, ranchers, and rural communities.

Watch the full video or select a specific segment from the video:

Full Video:  Nebraska Cooperatives
Segment 1: What is a co-op?
Segment 2: What is patronage?
Segment 3: What is equity redemption?
Segment 4: Careers
Segment 5: Internships-Justin
Segment 6: Internships-Carli
Segment 7: Internships-Matt
Segment 8: Value
Segment 9: Community Support


The CHS Foundation provided generous support for the curriculum and video efforts.

If you have any questions, please contact Ed Woeppel.